Matthew T. Richardson, Member

 

Matthew's practice focuses on civil litigation, and he has participated in cases involving shareholder oppression, consumer protection, voting rights and election protests, commercial and real estate law, copyright infringement, insurance bad faith, employment law, medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability.  His experience includes jury trials, bench trials, preliminary motions and injunctions, dispositive motions, class action certification determinations, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals.

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Representative Matters

Matthew has appeared in federal and state courts in South Carolina regularly since joining the Bar, and in a variety of matters as:

  • Lead counsel in obtaining an arbitration award with a value in excess of $25 million for business litigation involving one of South Carolina's largest privately held companies
  • Lead counsel in minority shareholder oppression suit involving multiple entities organized in multiple states and with operations and assets in multiple countries
  • Lead counsel in consumer protection litigation with statewide and policy-level implications
  • Counsel in numerous copyright infringement cases in various federal courts
  • Counsel in federal securities litigation that ultimately reached a settlement after jury selection
  • Lead counsel in a federal employment discrimination case
  • Lead counsel in a products liability class action removed to federal court that was transferred by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation to the District of South Carolina for pre-trial litigation
  • Counsel in various personal injury and medical malpractice cases with catastrophic and permanent injuries
  • Appellate counsel for the League of Women Voters and the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP in the landmark equitable school funding case
  • Counsel for the lead plaintiff in a federal three-judge panel voting rights case that went through trial resulting in affirmative relief and an agreed-on fee award for the client
  • Counsel for various clients for redistricting, election challenges and protests, and voter identification issues
  • Lead counsel in a voting rights case in the District of South Carolina that resulted in the client receiving an affirmative injunction against the State and an agreed-on payment of attorneys' fees and costs
  • Lead counsel in a voting rights case challenging the state's election system
  • Counsel for various County governments in litigation and advisory roles
  • Lead counsel for complaints and proceedings involving the State Ethics Commission and licensing matters with state agencies
  • Local counsel for supplementary proceedings in the U.S. District Court for collection of a judgment on behalf of the victims of a terrorist act in which competing claims are being made for the funds that have been frozen in the District of South Carolina

Professional Background

2001-Present Wyche, P.A.
2000–01 Law Clerk to the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy, United States District Court, District of South Carolina
1998–99 Law Clerk to the Honorable Kaye G. Hearn, South Carolina Court of Appeals

Bar and Court Admissions

  • South Carolina Bar, 1998
  • District of South Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional and Community Activities

  • South Carolina Association for Justice: President, 2012-13; Board of Governors, Officer, 2007-2011
  • 2010 Democratic Nominee for Attorney General of South Carolina
  • Richland County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, 2007–Present
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
  • Former Democratic National Committee, Elected Member
  • Liberty Fellowship, Senior Advisor, Class of 2014; Public Policy Forum, Member
  • Friends of Scouting, Indian Waters Council Steering Committee
  • Eagle Scout
  • Federal Bar Association, President of the South Carolina Chapter, 2004–05
  • American Association for Justice
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • American Bar Association Foundation, Fellow
  • South Carolina Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

  • Presentation, “2014 Mid-Year Review: Civil Practice Update,” Columbia, SC, June 27, 2014 & July 11, 2014
  • Presentation, “Plaintiffs’ Civil Trial Practice,” LAWS 557, USC School of Law, Columbia, SC, February 24, 2013 & February 25, 2014
  • Presentation, “Truthiness: Justice at Stake,” Auto Torts Seminar for S.C. Association for Justice, Atlanta, GA, December 1, 2012
  • Doing Business in South Carolina Guide, co-author of Section XVI:  Ethics, Lobbying, and Campaign Financing
  • Program Coordinator and Moderator, "Guns Rights and Laws" CLE, USC School of Law, September 9, 2010
  • Presentation, "Discovery Issues and Techniques from the Plaintiff's Perspective," SC Bar CLE Seminar, Discovery: Problems & Solutions, Columbia, SC, May 14, 2010
  • Panel Discussion with Federal Judges, "Candor Towards the Tribunal," Federal Bar Association 2009 Ethics CLE and Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, September 17, 2009
  • Co-Author, "Insurance Bad Faith," South Carolina Damages, S.C. Bar 2d ed. 2009
  • Co-Moderator, "Should the South Carolina Constitution Support a Stronger Executive?," Symposium: State Constitutional Reform in the New South, Charleston School of Law, January 16, 2009
  • Moderator, "Exploring Bans on Illegal Immigrant Admission to State Colleges & Universities," Symposium: State Constitutional Reform in the New South, Charleston School of Law, January 16, 2009
  • Presentation, "Election Protection Strategies," NAACP Faith Community Summit, October 23, 2008
  • Presentation, "Statutory Changes to Joint and Several Liability," SCTLA Convention, August 3, 2007
  • Presentation, "No-Injury Class Actions are Coming to South Carolina," S.C. State Circuit Judges Conference, May 17, 2007
  • Presentation, "No-Injury Class Actions: Frontier or Futile?" RPWB Co-Counsel Seminar, April 27, 2007, and SCTLA Convention, August 3, 2007
  • Presentation, "Is ‘Joint and Several" Becoming ‘Blame Everybody"?" SCTLA Convention, August 3, 2006
  • Presentation, "Overview of the Federal Legal System," FBA Summer Clerks Program, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Presentation, "2005 Legislative Changes to Joint and Several Liability in South Carolina," Judges Meeting, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina,  May 12, 2006
  • Presentation, "What it Means to be a Trial Lawyer," SCTLA Student Chapter, USC School of Law, October 27, 2005
  • Moderator, Fourth Annual Federal Practice in the District of South Carolina, September 9, 2005
  • Presentation, "All Aboard, The Train is Leaving: Electronic Case Filing is Mandatory in the District of South Carolina," SCTLA Convention, August 5, 2005
  • Author, "2005 Legislative Changes to the South Carolina Civil Justice System," SCTLA Bulletin, Summer 2005
  • Co-Author, "The Tort of Unauthorized Pelvic Exams," Trial, October 2004
  • Co-Author, "Secret Settlements: Reports of Their Demise Are Premature," 15 S.C. Law. 29, May 2004
  • Co-Author, "Insurance Bad Faith," 2 South Carolina Damages 11, S.C. Bar 2004

Contact Matthew

Direct:803-254-6542
Email:
Office:Columbia Office
Fax:803-254-6544
Address:

801 Gervais Street, Suite B, Columbia, SC 29201

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Education

1998, J.D.The University of South Carolina School of Law; South Carolina Law Review, Editor in Chief, 1997-98; Order of the Wig and Robe
1995, A.B.Duke University, Economics

Honors and Awards

2014Listed in Chambers USA
2014Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers
2013 - PresentListed in Best Lawyers in America
2012 - 2013Named a "Rising Star" by South Carolina Super Lawyers
2010Top 20 Under 40, The State
2009Liberty Fellowship, Aspen Global Leadership Network
2003Compleat Lawyer Award, University of South Carolina School of Law